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The bedroom tax bomb hits in April, and tenants in social housing with so-called "spare rooms" are living in fear. Despite the fact that a three-bedroom housing association flat can be cheaper than a one-bed in the private sector, the architect of this fresh misery, welfare minister, Lord Freud – who lives with his wife in an eight-bedroom country mansion – decided tenants must move, or have money deducted from their housing benefit. One-bedroom flats are rare in the social sector, and claimants, especially those with children, never top a private landlord's wishlist.
Among the families who will be hit by the bedroom tax – whose official title is the "under-occupancy" penalty – are those whose children are serving in the armed forces who may leave their bedroom empty for more than 13 weeks a year while they are on duty – in Afghanistan, say. Their housing benefit will be docked. Likewise, a father separated from his partner and children who has a spare bedroom where his children stay alternative weekends will lose payment for this "extra" room.
Lord Freud told a woman on a Radio 5 Live phone-in whose son may serve in the armed forces that she should get in a lodger while he was away (even though she replied this is against the rules of her housing association)
According to Cameron in Prime Ministers Questions yesterday,Labour brought in legislation years ago that does the same in private rents if payed for with housing benefit-the benefit wont pay for extra rooms.
Originally posted by boymonkey74
reply to post by smilesmcgee
Because it is the councils home, this is only social housing they are not telling people with their own home or rented privately to do so.
I went to my local housing office to see If I can get on the housing list and I have been told I have to wait over 5 years....just because Iam a single man, If I was a 16 year old up the duff I would get one tmr.